Time Oat: Overnight Oatmeal is the Best Thing You’ve Never Had

Before I was pregnant I had never tried overnight oatmeal. The thought of cold oatmeal in the morning didn’t really sound appealing but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

When I was breastfeeding with my first baby, I had a hard time producing milk in the beginning, so I looked up ways to increase my production. Hence the previous posts on lactation cookies. I also discovered oatmeal was a great source of iron and perfect for breastfeeding moms and women in general.

The best part is that it’s easy to make. You can make batches ahead of time (I like to store them in mason jars in the refrigerator) and it’s a great way to get a healthy breakfast in when you’re a new and/or busy mom.

Below are some recipes that I’ve tried and loved but feel free to put any toppings you choose once you have the base.

Overnight Oats

    1/2 cup of milk of your choice (I’m not a big milk drinker so I use Silk Almond Milk)
  • –Refrigerate in a jar and the next day add your toppings
  • –Topping suggestions:
    • Banana, peanut butter or other nut butter and honey
      Apple, chia seeds or flax seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg
      Nutella and banana
      Berries, yogurt, nuts and honey
  • Skies the limit with this simple yet filling recipe. Give it a try and add anything healthy you like! It’s perfect for morning, noon or night!
  • Life after Pre-eclampsia: How My Second Pregnancy Differed From My First

    The 21st of July was my due date and the day has come and gone. Instead of going in on my scheduled induction date, I’ve spent these past days with my new two week old daughter and navigating life with a newborn and almost 3 year old. I may not have had any pre-eclampsia symptoms like I did the first time around but I still delivered 2 weeks early. It may seem surprising, and believe me no one was more surprised than me when I woke up one morning to use the bathroom and my water broke, but it ended up being a much less stressful situation this time around and even though she was early, she was full term and already 8lbs!

    Going back to my water breaking, everything about this second delivery was different from the first. From my new doctor and my trust in her, to the attending doctor and staff once I got to the hospital, everything was completely different than when I had my son just 3 short years ago. That being said, I was lucky enough to have people around me telling me to put aside all the anxiety and all the preconceived notions from the first delivery and focus on this delivery. And that’s what I would tell anyone today who is having fears and doubts about having more children after a rough first time.

    Every. Pregnancy. Is. Different.

    I heard it before but until you experience it, you won’t believe it. I had faith. And I hoped and I prayed that this time would be different and it was. I didn’t have pneumonia. I didn’t have preeclampsia. My newborn didn’t have jaundice where I had to go back to the hospital once we were discharged. I did have some ankle and feet swelling but after 2 weeks I’m back to feeling and looking like myself again instead of months later still feeling sick and while trying to take care of a newborn. I couldn’t ask for a better situation this time around. Believe me, I had doubts. I googled all kinds of things: “second pregnancies after preeclampsia”, “will I have preeclampsia a second time if I’ve had it once”, “what to expect after having preeclampsia”. Too much googling can make you crazy. Trust in your body. Trust yourself and make sure you surround yourself with people you trust as well.

    My little Zoe ❤️

    After all my nervousness not only surrounding my health but whether I could deliver vaginally or if I was going to have a c-section, I delivered my healthy 8lb girl naturally and she is perfect.

    Now comes the easy part…raising two kids under the age of 3! 😉

    How Finding the Right Doctor Can Determine Your Health 

    I’ve been struggling with how to start this post and how I was going to explain what exactly I mean by this statement. I never thought much about my search for a doctor, mainly because I was rarely sick and just went to whoever: urgent care, a recommendation from a friend. Until I got pregnant, and saw how important it is to have the right doctor. I saw firsthand how incredibly important it is to have someone you trust, someone who is on the same page as you in terms of what you will and won’t do, someone you are entrusting your life with to have your best interest at heart. That’s hard to do. Doctors see so many patients and deal with so much. They can be amazing. Or they can be the worst. How can you be sure they actually care about you? This isn’t important only for expecting mothers but for anyone who may be feeling out of sorts or might need a basic check-up.

    Healthcare is something we know is important but that we all take for granted until it’s absolutely necessary. We as a society don’t focus on health enough. My mom used to tell me that without your health, what do you have? And she’s right. How can you work and enjoy the things you work for, enjoy your family, your friends without being healthy and feeling your best? You can’t. And I mean overall health too. Your mental as well as the physical. I could write for hours debating the benefit of each but I just wanted to give my opinion using my past pregnancy.

    I’ve written before about my troubles with pre-eclampsia before. I was fortunate enough to have gotten it late in my pregnancy so I only had to deliver about 9 days earlier than my due date. What I didn’t realize was how I didn’t know anything about pre-eclampsia other than what you find on google. I was always pretty healthy and had low to normal blood pressure so I wasn’t a high risk pregnancy and no one thought anything of it. I also didn’t factor in that my doctor would send me to be admitted and then go on vacation with her family and not deliver my baby. Or that they would discharge me only to have me go back in days later because my baby developed jaundice. Or that I would get pneumonia and still be severely swollen a week after delivering. None of these factors could have been predicted. What I did have a choice in was how it was handled and who my doctor was. I went through a couple of doctors after that, trying to find one that I felt comfortable with and finally settling on the actual doctor who delivered my baby. I tried to complain about how I was treated but it fell on deaf ears and I didn’t try hard enough. I was too exhausted with having a new baby and feeling so bad, I gave up on pursuing the lack of care I received. It was traumatic to say the least, but the one good thing that resulted from this medical disaster (other than my healthy baby) was I found a renewed sense of power. Over my body, over my life. I was a mom now. And I was responsible for someone other than myself. I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me or force me to do something I wasn’t comfortable with from now on. Not my husband, not a family member, no one.

    Not everyone has that luxury or is that lucky. And I’m thankful for every lesson I’ve learned and continue to learn. I’ve met and talked to so many young women who had similar or worse experiences than me and it’s unsettling. We have to demand more from our community, our doctors, from our government when it comes to healthcare because as a society if one is sick then we all are. We’re all here living on this planet together.

    And we deserve better when it comes to how we view our health and others. So please, do your research and take your health seriously no matter what.

    Mommy Struggle #1

    So in this “mommy struggle” series, let’s talk about the things that test all moms’ patience, drive all mommys crazy and make all of us want to give up and crawl back into bed. But won’t. Because we’re moms and our husbands and kids won’t let us.

    I bring you the dreaded: “Why can’t I lose this baby weight?”

    Well I don’t have the answer, not really anyway. But I do have words of advice. Don’t give up. Especially if it really means a lot to you. As a fitness professional, the pressure to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight was something I felt every time I looked in my closet and tried to find something to wear. I worked out here and there but nothing as consistent as before I was pregnant. I always had an excuse I guess. Too tired. No time. The baby won’t sleep. The key is to find your motivation, whatever it is, and use it to eliminate the excuses. Since I was fortunate enough to stay home this past year with my son you would think I had all the time in the world to get in shape. Well, running after a one year old is a lot harder than I thought and running after him doesn’t burn as many calories as you think. Big disappointment.

    But it’s ok because my motivation just reared it’s head: first, a wedding coming up and then a Mardi Gras ball. 2 occasions where I would need to dress up, wash my hair and look presentable instead of wearing baby food stained shirts and sweatpants. I could do this. I wanted to do this. I needed something that was going to give me the added push. Something aside from being upset about all the clothes I couldn’t fit into. So I gave myself a few small tasks to complete each day. I would clean one room of the house, I would work out for at least 20 minutes everyday while the baby slept and I would set aside time to work on my blog. If I didn’t get to one of those things, well I would try to do it the next day and maybe for longer. Giving yourself small goals makes it a little easier to get to the bigger goal.

    Another thing to remember is to go at your own pace. It’s been 14 months since I’ve had my baby and I’m just now starting to see results. I have to keep in mind that my body is completely different and not necessarily bad different, just different. That doesn’t mean I can’t lose weight, it’s just going to be a little different from what I did before.

    Here I am now after 14 months 👆🏽

    And here is what I was before 👇🏽

    I haven’t given up and I haven’t forgotten that I gave birth to a human and it could possibly take a long time to come back from that. Each delivery is different, each body is different. It’s ok, moms who are struggling out there, we’re all in this together!

    What are some things that helped you get your pre-pregnancy bod back or are you still on the struggle bus?

    Mommy Guilt

    You may or may not have heard of this before or never paid too much attention to it. And why would you? Unless you've experienced it personally, there's really no need to care too much about it. As a new mom, everything is a new experience. Even things you've done your whole life are completely different now that you're a mom. And inevitably, someone, anyone, will try and make you feel guilty about the way you do things.

    My goal in writing this is not to put anyone down but merely to educate and give others a different perspective about this sensitive issue.

    So let's first go through the types of mom guilt that I've come across. Now when I say "guilt", I'm referring to other people voicing their comments to in turn try to make you feel guilty for your actions. You moms out there know what I mean…

    1. The stay at home guilt– whether you decide to stay home permanently, a year or a few months, you should never, I repeat, never feel guilty for it. It's a decision to be made by you and your spouse, if you have one, and no one else. I have a hard time with this one since I'm currently staying home with my baby, who's about to turn one next week. I have definitely felt the guilt for this one. Whether it's someone saying "wow you got to stay home that long! I had to go back to work after 6 weeks!" Or "what do you do all day? I mean babies sleep a lot right?" Or even your spouse who may not entirely understand everything that goes into being a stay at home mom. Add in the "wife" duties like dinner and laundry and cleaning….it can take your sanity and throw it right out the window. In fact, I find myself so delirious at times that I become easily aggravated and short tempered. I can't help it. I can't control it. It just bubbles out of me. Every other day I feel like what I'm doing doesn't matter to anyone, when in reality it's one of the hardest and most important jobs anyone can have. Raising a child is hard and not just raising any child but a well adjusted, decent and nice human being. I'm not throwing shade on working moms. I'll be one soon and we all know them and love them (see #2 below 👇🏽) and I know not everyone is able to stay home. Lots of moms have to go back to work sooner because of the enormous financial impact having kids puts on families. I consider myself and others who were able to stay home extremely lucky and I think we all know it. That doesn't, however, give others the right to project their jealousy onto the stay at home mom. I think if it came down to it, given the choice, all mothers would pick staying home with their babies for an extended amount of time over going back to work. Every. Single. Time. So until we have a health care system that enables family leave as a necessity versus a luxury, let's uplift and support our stay at home moms rather than tear them down because they can do what others can't.
    2. The working mom guilt– on the flip side I know there are moms out there who feel like they should be at home with their babies. For whatever reason they can't be and they feel like they're missing out. I applaud those who juggle both, because it's hard to even get out of the house to run to the store much less get up and have to look presentable for work. Moms who work are no better or worse than those who don't. It's a choice that not everyone gets to make and it has to work for your situation. We also shouldn't feel bad for those that have to work. Lots of people don't want to stay home. They feel bored (I don't see how that's possible) or they miss their work. Whatever the reason, supporting the decision of moms and their rights to pick either option should be the only thing we talk about.
    3. The breastfeeding vs. formula guilt– ok this one seems to be one that lots of moms are facing these days. I think about 50% is how you were raised and the other is random circumstances that happen once you try to nurse i.e. once you try to nurse the baby has trouble latching or there's some medical reason that hinders the natural ease of breastfeeding right at birth. In my situation, I was breastfed until I was 2, my sister nursed both her boys until they were 2 and 3 so I just assumed it would be super easy for me. Well it wasn't, and it was way more challenging than I thought and in the early days, that first week, I had to supplement with formula and I felt like the worse person in the world. Why? I have no idea. As long as your baby is eating it shouldn't matter. Well the guilt rears it's ugly head again. I abandoned my preconceived notions about formula vs. breastfeeding and came to the realization that as long as you're doing your best to make sure your baby is getting the nutrients he or she needs, don't listen to anyone else. No one should feel guilty for breastfeeding and no one should feel guilty for using formula. It's easier said than done. I know.

    As a mom you do what you have to do. And I've found that things almost never go the way you planned when it comes to pregnancy and beyond.

    What challenges have you faced with having a newborn? I would love to know I'm not the only one out there!

    The Ever Changing Post-Partum Body

    In an earlier post I talked about some of the things I was doing to workout post baby. Now that’s it’s 8 months later, some of those things have fallen by the waste side. I always feel like something else is in the way.  I blamed the holidays, Mardi Gras, the rainy weather. Not to mention when you live in Louisiana and there’s crawfish season and festivals approaching, procrastination is inevitable. 

    However all is not lost. I’m making some progress…this is me at 6 weeks, 11 weeks and 6 months post partum ( I can’t look 👀):

    This is me today. Compared to the other pics on the right.

    I haven’t done a traditional workout in about 6 weeks but I am very active around the house and in my garden. I’m trying not to be discouraged! And for those that are breastfeeding, it really does help shed some pounds. It’s not as drastic as a cleanse or anything, but every week I drop another pound or so. However, I feel like I’m stuck in a rut, so I need to step my game up. Everything I do now is such a hassle though. Jumping in the car and going to the gym requires a week of planning…pumping, packing a bag for the baby if I’m dropping him off at my mom’s or making sure there’s enough milk and/or baby food. Whew. It’s enough to make me give up on leaving the house. So I’m coming up with some things to do at home along with some fun outings with the baby. 

    Play date in City Park once a month with another mom friend

     

    The main thing is finding my motivation and not giving up. As a “pre-pregnancy” fitness professional, how can I help others if I’ve given up and won’t help myself? Every time I put on leggings (because I refuse to buy jeans since I can’t fit the ones I used to wear), I think “ugh, it would be nice to switch it up”. And every time I put on my maternity jeans (yes, I can still wear them and it pains me to look at them now considering I’m NOT pregnant), I think “ugh I shouldn’t be wearing these”. So that’s my motivation. I’m taking each day as a new start. Summer is coming and it’s too hot in Louisiana for leggings. I’m not giving up on using my treadmill everyday either. It’s a goal that I haven’t stuck with because it seems so daunting. Our workout room has become baby storage center and it’s not very conducive for exercise motivation. The treadmill still works though and it’s been staring at me and giving me the evil eye. So I’m setting a small goal for just 30 minutes everyday where I can adapt as I go along. 

    Being with my baby these past months has been amazing and I wouldn’t trade a second of it, but now it’s time to get back to my old body. If I can’t do anything about the giant breastfeeding boobs, I can lose the 5 month pregnant looking stomach, right? It’s not entirely unrealistic. You just have to be patient and take your time. It took 9 months to get there and you can’t lose it overnight. 

    What are some things that have helped you lose the baby weight? I’m always open to hearing new things. 

    Stay healthy!

    Dressing for Your Post-Partum Body

    Now that a rhythm is being established between me and the little one, I’m motivated to get my body back to the way it was, or better! The hardest part is looking in the mirror and seeing this body that doesn’t look or feel the same. It’s upsetting that it’s 4 months after the baby and I can’t fit any of my pre-baby clothes and I can still wear my maternity shorts! So as my mother always says, you have to dress the body you have now. But one thing I won’t do is buy new size “whatever” jeans. Can’t do it. So like many of you out there, leggings have become my new best friend. I decided if I was going to wear them then I would invest in some. But not just any leggings: I stumbled on a brand called Blanqi (www.blanqi.com) and found their nursing leggings. They’re amazing!! They are soft, comfortable and high waisted. In fact, they go all the way up to the bottom of your bra so that you can nurse without your stomach showing. You can wear them to workout, to shop, to work or just to lay around the house with the baby!

     

    1 leggings2

    I wish I had known about them when I was pregnant because they have maternity support wear as well which I definitely could have used. I highly recommend checking their site out if you are pregnant or nursing. And what’s even better than the product is the great customer service, which to me is just as important. I had an issue with my leggings that I purchased and they sent me a replacement pair with no problem. And because the leggings will adjust to my changing body, these are perfect for pregnancy and after.

    So the tops that I like the best to go over these leggings: the Piko top. I got mine from a local boutique here in New Orleans called Blink (shopblinkboutique.com, @blinkboutiques). However, these tops are nothing new. They’ve been around but until I was pregnant, I didn’t know too much about them. In the early stages, when you look more like you have a food baby instead of a few weeks pregnant, I was in search of something comfortable and loose fitting but still cute. These tops and dresses are a bamboo blend and in my opinion the most versatile item you can get for the changes your body will undergo.

    piko

    piko2

    These are 2 of the trends for moms-to-be and moms on the go that work the best for me but as long as you’re comfortable, wear whatever you like!

    Stay healthy,

    Nola Fit Chick

    XOXO